Coline Ferrant, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor,
Social Development & Policy and Director Deans fellowship program
School Of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

  • Ph.D. in Sociology, Northwestern University, USA & Sciences Po, France (2015-2020)
  • Visiting Student, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile (Summers 2017 & 2018, Spring 2019)
  • M.A. summa cum laude in Sociology, Sciences Po, France (2013-2015)
  • B.A. summa cum laude in Social Sciences, Sciences Po, France (2010-2013)
  • Visiting Student, El Colegio de México, Mexico (2012-2013)

Teaching Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Technical School of Innovation, American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan & Faculty Fellow, Collaborative for Liberal Education for Adolescents
  • Graduate Research & Teaching Assistant, Northwestern University, USA & Sciences Po, France

Courses Taught

  • Scientific Methods
  • Senior Research Seminar: Karachi
  • Social Theory I
  • Urban & Rural Sociology

Research Interests

  • Urban & Rural Sociology
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Ethnography
  • Writing for the Public (Social Sciences & Humanities)


I obtained my Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University and Sciences Po. My professional interests include urban & rural sociology, cultural sociology, and ethnography. Within my dissertation research, I studied the dietary tastes and culinary practices of first- and second-generation immigrants in neighborhoods of Chicago and Paris.

I enjoy collaborating with colleagues and students of various backgrounds and experience levels. For instance, I have been an investigator in projects on: – social times and eating practices in Santiago and Paris; – barriers to participation in the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program in the United States; – electoral participation and human development in Mexico and Central America; – worldviews of garbage collectors in Paris; – Egyptians’ recollections of the 2011 revolution.

Lastly, I have a longstanding interest in writing for cultural, literary, and political magazines, mostly Ibero-American.

Selected Awards and Accomplishments

  • Sociology Fieldwork Research Fellowship, Department of Sociology, Northwestern University, USA (2020)
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant Program Grant, Office of Undergraduate Research, Northwestern University, USA (2018-2019) [with G.A. Fine, M. Sheridan]
  • Research Travel Grant, ECOS Sud – National Commission for Scienific and Technological Research, Chile & France (2017, 2018, 2019) [with C. Giacoman, A. Lhuissier]
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, Ministry of Higher Education & Research, France (2015-2018)

Selected Publications

  • Ferrant, C. (2022). An Agentic Approach to Food Access and Acquisition: The Case of Mixed Neighborhoods in the Paris Metropolis. City & Community, 21(1), 4-20. Read
  • Ferrant, C. (2021). Les contradictions de l’action publique sur le commerce alimentaire dans un quartier gentrifié de Paris. Pôle Sud, 55, 55-70. Read
  • Giacoman, C., Lhuissier, A., Ferrant, C., Bórquez, I., Devilat, D. (2021). Meal Synchronization and Commensality in Santiago and Paris. Appetite, 159, 105065. Read
  • Ferrant, , Fine, G.A. (2020). Food Desert or Food Oasis? Insights from Mexican Chicago. Gastronomica, 20(4), 85-89. Read
  • Lhuissier, A., Giacoman, C., Ferrant, C., Devilat, D., Leal, D., Ayala, P., Torres, G., Chauvin, P. (2020). Meal Times and Synchronization: A Cross-Metropolitan Comparison between Santiago (Chile) and Paris (France). The Social Science Journal57(4), 470-484. Read
  • Ferrant, C. (2019). “Travailler plus pour gagner plus”. Análisis cultural de un lema de la campaña presidencial francesa de 2007. Eu-topias, 17, 29-39. Read
  • Ferrant, C. (2019). De l’action sociale au système social. Les deux réceptions de l’œuvre de Pareto par Parsons. Revue européenne des sciences sociales, 57(1), 237-254. Read
  • Ferrant, C., Mourad, M. (2018). Qui nettoie Paris ? Paroles d’éboueurs. Métropolitiques, October 1. Read
  • Ferrant, C. (2018). Class, Culture, and Structure: Stratification and Mechanisms of Omnivorousness. Sociology Compass, 12(7), Read
  • Schöpfel, J., Ferrant, C., André, F., Fabre, R. (2018). Research Data Management in the French National Research Center (CNRS). Data Technologies and Applications, 52(2), 248-265. Read
  • Schöpfel, J., Ferrant, C., André, F., Fabre, R. (2016). Ready for the Future? A Survey on Open Access with Scientists from the French National Research Center (CNRS). Interlending & Document Supply, 44(4), 141-149. Read
  • Caillavet, F., Kyureghian, G., Nayga, Jr., R.M., Ferrant, C., Chauvin, P. (2015). Does Healthy Food Access Matter in a French Urban Setting?. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 97(5), 1400-1416. Read


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